Driving Down the Turnout

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Driving Down the Turnout

September 6, 2006

If the media are right – and they rarely are – we might as well not hold an election in November and just give the democrats back their majority which, according to the media, was wrongly seized from them in 1994.

The big media are reporting on numerous polls that show republican disaffection and how it is virtually impossible for republicans to maintain their lead.

Here’s what is going on. The media are mostly liberal, so part of their strategy is to drive down republican turnout by depressing them and making them believe there is no hope. They might as well not even vote. Stay home; your side has let you down; make them pay for violating their principles; punish them by electing democrats.

If you read below the headlines, you’ll find that while voters are frustrated, they don’t necessarily want to turn everything over to the democrats. The hard core does, but the middle and many republicans don’t.

This gives republicans an opportunity to make some promises they intend to keep, as well as to remind voters that electing democrats, means electing an ultra liberal leadership. Is that what we need?

Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.